LINGUIST List 9.373

Fri Mar 13 1998

Sum: Drawing DAGs

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  1. Joseph Hilferty, DAGs & AVMs

Message 1: DAGs & AVMs

Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 21:36:32 -0800
From: Joseph Hilferty <>
Subject: DAGs & AVMs


A while back I posted a query about how best to draw DAGs (directed
acyclic graphs) on a PC. I would like to thank Ralf Grosserhode and
Kevin Russell for taking the time to respond.

Ralf Grosserhode mentioned StarOffice by Stardivision as a good
option. It is reasonably priced and has some nice "presentation"
features that makes it good for drawing maps, etc. More information
about this software can be found at:

Kevin Russell recommended the Graphviz package of graph- drawing
tools, which he said would be "overkill" for simple DAGs but
useful. The URL is:

Since I'm a WordPerfect user, I've found CorelDraw to be okay for DAGs
with arrows and nodes, so long as you don't have to insert too many
figures into your text.

On the other hand, I have stumbled onto a way of making
attribute-value-style DAGs (a.k.a. AVMs) with WP. If the line spacing
is set at 0.5 within a text box, you can get symmetric-looking
AVMs. The square brackets can be done by using the linedraw (box
drawing) option in another text box (or however many you need), which
then can be nested in the original text box and dragged into place.
Unfortunately, your computer will probably start to slow down after
about five AVMs, though.

If anyone else happens to know of any other tricks, let
me know at:

Thanks again to Ralf and Kevin,

Joe Hilferty
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